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IOC contacts Russian over Williams sisters remarks

IOC ethics commission contacts Tarpischev over comments about Williams sisters
The Associated Press

LONDON - The IOC ethics commission has contacted Russian tennis president Shamil Tarpischev to explain his comments about Venus and Serena Williams that led to him being fined and suspended by the women's tour.

Tarpischev was fined $25,000 and suspended from the WTA Tour for a year after referring to the Williams sisters as the "Williams brothers" and saying they were "scary" to look at. He made the comments on a Russian TV show.

UN envoy: Keep up hope amid climate change battle

UN envoy: Nations must keep up hope amid battle against climate change; panel meets in Denmark
The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN - The head of the U.N.'s panel on climate change has urged world governments not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight global warming.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri said Monday that despite the IPCC's own warnings that time is running out, the panel has also suggested actions needed to keep climate change in check.

Strong defence has Giants win from Series title

More steady defence by San Francisco helps Giants move one win from another World Series
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Pablo Sandoval debuted a leaping, celebratory twirl that came on spontaneously after another dazzling night of defence.

So what if it wasn't quite a perfect 10 for the robust and reliable third baseman with the big grin and even bigger right arm. No doubt Sandoval has been doing everything right with his glove again this post-season.

"That was the first one," Sandoval said of his version of the pirouette.

Bumgarner, Giants blank Royals for 3-2 Series lead

He's No Bum: Bumgarner dominates again, Giants top Royals 5-0 to take 3-2 edge in World Series
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats.

The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday night for a 3-2 Series edge.

Royals edge Giants 3-2 for 2-1 World Series lead

Behind defence and bullpen, Royals edge Giants 3-2 to take 2-1 lead in World Series
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defence, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting.

It won them a wild card and the American League pennant. And now, it has manager Ned Yost and his team on top in the World Series.

World Series fan causes debate with Marlins jersey

Front-row World Series spectator causes debate with orange Marlins jersey, and he's not moving
Steven Wine, The Associated Press

MIAMI - Among the standouts at Games 1 and 2 of the World Series was a Miami Marlins fan in the front row behind home plate.

Laurence Leavy's orange Marlins jersey made him easy to spot amid a sea of Kansas City Royals blue. The Royals' reaction to Leavy became a subject of debate Friday.

Leavy said a Royals official approached him offering to move him to the team owner's suite, but he declined.

Royals shift Cain to tricky right field for Game 3

Royals manager Yost moves Cain from centre field to right for Game 3 defence in tricky spot
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was moved from centre field to right for Game 3 of the World Series to boost defence in one of AT&T Park's trickiest positions.

Kansas City manager Ned Yost made the move Friday night with the best-of-seven matchup 1-all. Usual right fielder Nori Aoki was not in the starting lineup, while Jarrod Dyson was starting in centre field and batting eighth.

Rwandan government angry at BBC over documentary

Rwanda government is angry at BBC over genocide documentary, calls to ban news organization
Edmund Kagire, The Associated Press

KIGALI, Rwanda - The Rwandan government, members of parliament and genocide survivors have expressed their anger at the BBC over a recent documentary that suggested the country's president may have had a hand shooting down of his predecessor's plane.

The hour-long documentary — "Rwanda, The Untold Story" — also quoted U.S. researchers who suggested that most of the more than 800,000 Rwandans who died in the 1994 genocide may have been ethnic Hutus, and not ethnic Tutsis as is the common portrayal.

NCAA president supports 4-team football playoff

NCAA President Emmert says he would back 4-team BCS football playoff
Michael Marot, The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - NCAA President Mark Emmert would support a four-team playoff in college football — as long as the field doesn't grow.

After giving his annual state of the association speech Thursday in Indianapolis, Emmert acknowledged he would back a small playoff if that's what Bowl Championship Series officials decide to adopt.

Djokovic drawn opposite of Rafa and Roger

Djokovic on opposite side of Australian Open draw to Nadal, Federer
John Pye, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on the same half of a Grand Slam draw for the first time since 2005, meaning defending champion and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic won't have to play either of his biggest rivals unless he reaches the Australian Open final.

No. 23-seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will face unseeded Filippo Volandri of Italy.

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